All Wrapped Up And No Place To Go: Scientists Make Egyptian Mummy in Baltimore -- By: Anonymous
All Wrapped Up And No Place To Go:
Scientists Make Egyptian Mummy in Baltimore
In 1994, three men—a medical doctor, an Egyptologist, and Mr. M., who recently died and willed his body to science —got together in Baltimore, Maryland, to make a mummy. The two scientists used tools and equipment exactly like the ancient Egyptians to make Mr. M. into a modern “ancient” Egyptian mummy.
They started by taking out the brain— through his nose—and throwing the brain away! The liver, spleen, intestines and kidneys were removed, dried out in salt and placed in special stone jars. The body was filled up with, and then buried beneath a pile of, salt. A month later, Mr. M. lost 100 pounds, and was completely dry. With no moisture, the scientists found no bacteria—the key to mummification. Eight hundred yards and six layers of linen wrapping made it official. Mr. M. was now a real mummy! When will they make a movie about him?
Did You Know?
Today, New Age cults, not using ancient methods, make people and animals into mummies costing up to $50,000.
For Further Reading
Ross, Mark, 1994 Mummy Makers.Archaeologv47.6: 17.
Svitil, Kathy A., 1995 The Mummy Unwrapped. Discover 16.4: 62.
Touchette, Nancy, 1996 Mumab: The Making of a Mummy. Chem Matters 2.96: 4—7.
Wright, Karen, 1991 Tales from the Crypt. Discover 12.7: 54.
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